Squared Up Upcoming V3 Dashboard with Distributed Application Discovery Feature

Squared Up is set to release the version 3 of their dashboard next week at Ignite North America. One of the key features in the v3 release is called the “Visual Application Discovery & Analysis” (aka VADA). VADA utilise OpsMgr agent tasks and netstat.exe command to discover the other TCP/IP endpoints the agents are communicating to. You can learn more about this feature from a short YouTube video Squared Up has published recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJK_3SritwY I was given a trail copy of v3 for my lab. After I’ve installed it and imported the required management pack, I was able to start

Recordings Available for the VSAE MP Authoring Webinar with Squared Up

Last night, I conducted 2 webinars with Richard Benwell of Squared Up on MP Authoring. I recorded both sessions from my computer using Camtasia, and now the recordings for both sessions are now available on Squared Up’s YouTube channel: First Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH035DgbUSQ Second Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu3yRE770QA Lastly, the workshop guide, slide deck and the sample VSAE project is also available on GitHub: https://github.com/tyconsulting/SquaredUp-VSAE-Workshop

Squared Up Released version 2.3

Few weeks ago, the Squared Up folks sent me the preview bits for version 2.3. I haven’t had time to play with it until today. There have already been few posts about v2.3, i.e. the post by Squared Up, and the post by my friend and CDM MVP Daniele Grandini. When I was reading the feature intro that Squared Up sent me, the one feature that really stood out for me was the Open Access Dashboards. You can read the feature description from Squared Up’s post here. So basically, once you’ve made necessary configurations to support this feature and enabled

A Sneak Peek at Squared Up’s Upcoming OMS Plugin

Introduction If you are an existing Squared Up customer, or have previously evaluated Squared Up’s product, you’d probably already know that currently, other than the existing SQL Plugin, Squared Up dashboards retrieve data via either OpsMgr Data Warehouse (DW) DB, or via OpsMgr SDK. With the recent launch of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), over the last few months, folks at Squared Up have been busy developing a plug-in within Squared Up to display data within OMS. Although Squared Up has not set a release date for this plugin yet, I would like to give you a high level preview

Displaying OpsMgr Events Data in Squared Up Dashboards

For those who’s been using Squared Up dashboards for your OpsMgr environments, you’d probably know that currently Squared Up does not have a plug-in for OpsMgr event data, thus you cannot display event data collected by OpsMgr on a Squared Up dashboard natively. However, since Squared Up does have a SQL plugin and the OpsMgr event data is stored in OpsMgr databases, I’d like to show you a way of displaying event data using the SQL Plugin today. When developing event collection rules for an OpsMgr management pack, MP developers generally would configure the collection rule to store the collected

Squared Up Dashboards Community

Squared Up has recently established a brand new web site: https://community.squaredup.com. This is where everyone in the community is able to share Squared Up dashboards. So, it’s pretty similar to TechNet Gallery, but only for Squared Up dashboards. So far, I have produced dashboards for all products in the System Center 2012 (R2)suite. I am planning to share few more dashboards via this site, but for now, I’d like to show you what I have shared so far, and what other awesome dashboards a currently available for download. My System Center 2012 R2 Suite Dashboards ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) Download from:

Squared Up Hit The Road

Recently Squared Up has announced they will be travelling around Europe to meet their customers in person: https://squaredup.com/squared-up-hit-the-road/ The road trip is going to start in less than 2 weeks, the first stop will be Utrecht, Netherlands. If you are in the area, and would like to learn more about Squared Up dashboard for OpsMgr, please register and reserve your spot now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/system-center-community-event-tickets-18451967331 Squared Up will provide food and drinks, and I’m sure it will be a lot of fun. After the Netherlands event, the second stop would be Gothenburg, Sweden on 7th October for Approved Consulting’s SCOM day

OpsMgr Alert Console Task For Squared Up

I have just created 2 alert console tasks in OpsMgr for Squared Up: View Alert in Squared Up View Alert Source Object in Squared Up These 2 tasks will open the selected alert and alert source object in Squared Up  respectively using your default browser: Squared Up Alert View: Squared Up Monitoring Object view (Alert Source Object): the management pack containing these 2 tasks can be downloaded at the end of this article. In order to use this MP, you will need to modify 2 lines: You need to open the unsealed MP (xml) in a text editor (such as

Squared Up Dashboard Community Initiative

It has been over 3 months since I started working for Squared Up. If you ask me my impression about Squared Up, I believe they truly care about the System Center community. Over the last few months, the folks at Squared Up have been working on an initiative to create a community dashboard repository, where everyone can submit and share their Squared Up dashboards with the broader community. With the recent release of Squared Up version 2.1.11, exporting and importing dashboards have been made incredibly easy. I have made a short demo video and uploaded to YouTube: Or watch it

Squared Up Online Demo Lab Updated

Squared Up has recently updated their online demo lab, with some new dashboards and features to show case: http://squaredup.com/revamped-online-demo-lab/ In addition, they have made this demo lab open access to everyone, meaning you don’t need to register and provide any details in order to access it if you don’t want to. As they explained to me: We are well aware that the daily lives of IT engineers are blighted by the sales teams of highly aggressive vendors who leap on any casual interest and deluge them with calls and emails. That’s why we put all our pricing online, so there’s

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